Book Review: ‘The Thinking Space: The Café as a Cultural Institution in Paris, Italy and Vienna’ — Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Gaurav J. Pathania  – The café becomes a site of enunciation of identity, lived experience, and contested meaning, bringing the city inside, but also shielding its regulars from the “crowd” and the “masses” outside.

via Book Review: ‘The Thinking Space: The Café as a Cultural Institution in Paris, Italy and Vienna’ — Cafe Dissensus Everyday

On Signage

Sometimes kitsch. Sometimes haunting. Sometimes enchanting. Sometimes banal. Often evocative of places and spaces familiar to us in our everyday encounters with the urban world. A neon sign in a favorite cafe, a vintage enameled sign sporting the logo of a long defunct motor oil company, an art deco sign with its delicately stylish elements, a hand painted apothecary’s sign from the middle ages or an intricate wrought iron sign with exquisite handmade lattice work: signage comes in a myriad number of designs, shapes and forms.

– Marcus D. Niski

 

The Intriguing Hidden History of Corridors as Explored by Liminal Narratives

Let us return to the corridor – intrigued and delighted by Rachel Hurdley’s Radio 4 broadcast, The hidden history of the corridor. Poised between public and private; open and closed; movement and stasis; the pragmatic and the eerie, corridors are ‘time and ‘matter out of place” (Hurdley, p.50). From one perspective, opening the door to […]

via Corridor #2 — Liminal Narratives

Impossible City: New Orleans – Places Journal

Sometimes you see a picture and you can tell that something’s missing, but you don’t know what it is …

Or you could try to fill the emptiness with something you love, as I love Walker Percy’s renderings in The Moviegoer:

The street looks tremendous. People on the far side seem tiny and archaic, dwarfed by the great sky and the windy clouds like pedestrians in old prints.

Via: Impossible City: New Orleans — Places Journal